• DILG lawyers denounce Aquino ‘girl’ appointment

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    LAWYERS at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) are furious because a newly hired lawyer reported to be the apple of President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s eye landed a top post, which they said should have gone to a senior lawyer.

    The lawyers were fighting for the position of assistant director for the DILG’s Legal Department, which was given to 29-year-old Mariness “Kim” Ledesma.

    Ledesma vied for two vacant items of lawyer IV, a position equivalent to an assistant division chief.

    A two-page appointment order dated December 11, 2013 and signed by Personnel Division Officer-in-Charge Veronica Macabate showed that Ledesma was promoted to the rank of Attorney IV.

    The other post went to Gina Wenceslao.

    Other lawyers who got their new appointments are Edward Ong as Attorney III, Sweet Charity Lao (Atty. III), Vera Shayne Salcedo (Atty. III) and Isidro Barrios (Atty. III).

    Ledesma, said to be the President’s latest “love interest,” joined the DILG after Secretary Mar Roxas came in. She was assigned to the office of Undersecretary Rafael Santos.

    She bested at least 10 lawyers who had been counting years at the legal division and who also applied for the vacant slot.

    In September, at least 10 lawyers appealed to Santos to reconsider what they described as the “pending appointment” of Ledesma to the senior post.

    In a three-page letter, the lawyers cited a present policy of the department when it comes to implementing a merit promotions as their reason to request for reconsideration on the selection of Ledesma.

    Ledesma’s new appointment, according to DILG sources, would serve as an “express lane” to the office of the Legal Service Division chief, which was also left vacant after the early retirement of Director Jesus Doque 4th in October.

    With Doque out, the Legal Service has been left with no head, leaving the door open for Ledesma’s promotion again.

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    1. Who said “Life is fair.” There are the “haves” and the :have-not,” the “intelligent” and the “dumb,” those “with connections” and those without. If you folks at the DILG have been working your buts for the last 10 yrs. and you didn’t get promoted, it’s simply because you are a “child of a lesser god.” So deal with it!

    2. grabe naman yan…kaming nasa field offices ng DILG, halos butas ng karayom pagpasok namin sa department…series of exams and trainings mga pinagawa samin samantalang jan sa central office, serve in a silver platter pala ang appointment…nakakademoralized naman…ipinagmamalaki ko pa man din ang appointment based on merit and fitness sa Department natin tas ganyan lang pala…kakabuwisit lang..

    3. I’ve been to DILG’s Legal Department to file an administrative case against a Metro Manila Mayor and I found them to be unfriendly to people transacting business. I was referred from one table to another by arrogant lawyers who would not administer my complaint. I had to go out of the building to have my complaint notarized and had it received at the Records Section. I told them I was expecting a friendly environment since I am one of the millions of taxpayers who pay for their salaries. Grabe, they deserve to be fired. And they have no right complaining if they are unfriendly to taxpayers who are supposed to be their bosses.

    4. Baka naman qualified sya sa position. Hindi porket matagal na, kailangan na ipromote to higher rank position.

      Madaming baluktot na lawyers dyan sa DILG. May isang lawyer nainvolved sa drug trade. Noong nahuli ang isang bata bata pinabayaan ng mga kasabwat.

      Dapat imbestigahan at tanggalin mga baluktot sa gobyerno.

    5. Ang ginawang appointment ni President Aquino III kay Kim Lesdesma sa Atty IV position ay maaring ikompara sa paglagay ni Kris Aquino sa isang leading actor and kanyang anak na si Bimby. Hindi man lang naisip ni Kris na maraming batang sumali sa mga ibatibang talent contest upang makamit ang karangalan na makakatulong sa pagiging katulad ni Ryzza. Naginsayo, gumasta at galing sa ibatibang dulo ng Pinas. Bakit isiningit ni Kris ang anak niyang si Bimby upang gumanap sa isang leading actor sa movie, my little bosing. Walamg exceptional talent na ipinakita ni Bimby sa showbiz. Sa mga pagkakataon na nasa TV sya, ay nakikitang nakatingin sya parati sa mama nya at para bang naghihintay sa ituturo ng mama bago sya kumilos.Ano ba ang ginagawa ni Kris? Palakasan ba tulad ng mga kurap na Traditional Politicians TRAPO? Isang panukala pa naman ng Presidenting tito ni Bimby ay Matuwid Na Landas. Tuwid ba yong biglang paganap sa Movie na isang leading actor kaagad. Ano ba ang nakikitang motibo dito? Pera? Sakim? Or all of the above?

      • False analogy. Being a public office, the DILG lawyer post is vested with public interest and should conform to laws, rules and public customs. A stage mom getting a movie role for her son, on the other hand, is mundane and insignicant.

    6. Eh kung mas magaling ba eh, kesa nmn na ung iba jn na linulumot na at walang alam sa trabaho na indorse lng mga mga ibang politico..bakit hinde ang isang presidente…ingit lng mga engot na lawyer daw….merry x mas nlng sa pa ungusan

    7. Prove yourself first and foremost that you are worthy of that position. It does not mean that you are serving longer and you deserve that appointment. I smell sour grapes.

    8. BAKIT KAYO MAG COMPLAIN, KUNG SI TANDA AY MERON “GALONGONG ” AY BAKIT NAMAN SI PNOY MAWAWALA “APPLE EYE” NA SI “KIMKIM” DI BA?
      ITO ANG RESULTA NG NAWALA ANG CARRER POSITION MATAPOS ANG 1954 ELECTION. NGAYON MASKI NA JANITOR AY APPOINTEE NG PRESIDENTE KAYA NA DEMORALIZED ANG MGA NASA DILG AT MERON SILANG KATUWIRAN. DAPAT IBALIK ANG CARRER POSITION SA GOBIERNO NA ANG MGA SECRETARY AT UNDERSECRETARY LANG ANG PWEDEN APPOINT NG PRESIDENTE AT YUON KAILANAGN APPROVAL NG COMMISION OF APPOINTMENTS.